An Accurate View of Me

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16
 
There are days when my children remind me of me.  I know I gave my parents a lot of grief, and my brothers and I fought about meaningless things and sometimes just fought for the fun of it.  Recently when I saw my kids fighting or picking at each other, I was reminded about the many times I fought with my brothers, and I think to myself there will come a day when this will pass. 

In a spiritual sense, sometimes we lose sight of who we used to be.  One of the things that I appreciate about the apostle Paul is that he never seemed to lose sight of who he was before he met Jesus.

The above verses serve as a great example of how Paul thought of himself. He didn’t have an elevated view of himself as if to think that God owed him something.  In fact, quite the contrary is true of Paul…he had an accurate view of his sinfulness and therefore a deep appreciation for the mercy and acceptance he had found in Jesus. 

As we approach Easter Sunday, I wonder what view you have of yourself?  Do you have an elevated view of yourself and your “righteousness” and therefore a low view of the crucifixion and the resurrection?  Or, do you have an accurate view of who you used to be as the chief among sinners and therefore you have a deep appreciation for the cross that stirs your heart and affection toward Jesus?

Don’t let Easter be just another day.  Take the time to look at your life and who you used to be, and let it stir your heart towards Jesus who has given you eternal life and adoption into the family of God!